There is no surprise to see that Nicky Henderson has another top class horse on his hands this season in the form of the highly exciting Simonsig. The grey had already proven himself to be one of the best novice hurdlers of the season before he hacked up to win at Kelso recently and confirm his potential. Henderson sent his horse north of the border to the Morebattle Hurdle and Simonsig duly won with his head in his chest over the 2m 2f trip at Kelso. The bookmakers were suitably impressed and he was immediately slashed in the betting for the two big novice hurdle races at the Cheltenham Festival. Connections will now need to decide whether to send the horse to the two mile Supreme Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham or to the extra half mile or so of the Neptune Novices Hurdle.
After the Kelso success it appeared that jockey Barry Geraghty was swaying towards the Neptune Novices Hurdle at the Festival for Simonsig but on paper that could well prove to be the tougher of the two races to win at Cheltenham. Geraghty was motionless on board the horse as he won at Kelso which indicated he had plenty more in the tank for the Neptune but that would mean another clash with the unbeaten Fingal Bay. The two horses met earlier in the season at Sandown with Fingal Bay claiming a two length success and connections of Simonsig will have to decide whether or not they want to take on the Philip Hobbs horse at Cheltenham. The Supreme Novices Hurdle on the other hand looks wide open this year at the Cheltenham Festival which could attract the connections of Simonsig. The horse would relish the strong gallop of the Supreme Novices Hurdle and we know he will stay up the Cheltenham hill which makes that race a real possibility. Whichever way Simonsig goes at Cheltenham we could be watching a real star horse with a massive future with a chasing career also on the agenda next season.